Press Release: Ventura Farm Day Kicks Off With A Food and Farm Film Fest, November 4 - Ventura County Agricultural Education
Ventura, Calif. (October 5, 2016)—This year’s Ventura County Farm Day (November 5) will kick off a day early with its first Food and Farm Film Fest, Friday, November 4 at Mission Park in downtown Ventura. The free, family-friendly event will feature short films produced locally that tell the story of life (both human and animal) on the farm and the popular kids’ movie “Babe.”
Critically acclaimed filmmaker John Chester will be on hand to present and talk about his films. Chester, co-owner of Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, has produced short films that are regularly featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” on the OWN network. Films screening at the fest are:
“The Guardians,” “Reimagining Apricot Lane Farms,” “Worry for Maggie” and the Emmy award-winning “Saving Emma.”
“The films will be a real treat for those who are not familiar with daily farm life,” says Mary Maranville, Founder and Executive Director of SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture), the nonprofit that organizes Farm Day and the Film Fest. “All the films are shot beautifully. It is the perfect introduction to what people will see and experience the following day at our local farms.”
The Food and Farm Film Fest begins at 5:00 p.m., with the films beginning at dusk. Festivalgoers can bring food, blankets and lawn chairs. Food will also be available from Scratch Food Truck and Paradise Pantry (call ahead to Paradise Pantry to order a picnic box, 805-641-9440). Free parking is available at Mission Park and the Ventura County Museum.
The 4th Annual Ventura Farm Day is an agricultural celebration in which more than 20 Ventura County farms open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural learning firsthand. This free event for all ages connects the community with its farming neighbors and encourages them to visit the farms in their own backyards..
Farm Day hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to visit www.VenturaCountyFarmDay.com, select two or three farms that they would like to visit and then map out their day. A barbeque celebration will follow at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (San Miguel Building) in Ventura. The barbeque is from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and features live country music by Coldwater Canyon, farm-fresh food prepared by Young Farmers & Ranchers, and Dearmore BBQ Catering, locally-produced craft cocktails, beers from Institution Ale and wine from Summerland Winery. Lots of free kids’ activities are also planned. Barbeque tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children under 12.
For more information, go to www.venturacountyfarmday.com or call 805-901-0213.
Founded in 2008, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) aims to help young students understand the origins of their food by bridging the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming. SEEAG’s “The Farm Lab: The Journey of Our Food From Field to Fork” program based in Ventura County teaches school children about the origins of their food and the importance of local farmland by providing schools with classroom agricultural education and free field trips to farms. Through this program, over 15,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey. For more information, visit www.seeag.org or email Mary Maranville at firstname.lastname@example.org.